I don't think you said if it is relaxed or not. You didn't say how long it is either I don't think. knowing the natural hair texture you have would also be helpful. but in general you can buy some CURLFORMERS and just set the hair on them like on rollers IF it is long enough to use them. If you don't have those you could use rollers. But this will go away when the hair is wet.
IF there is no relaxer in the hair you could get a WAVE NOUVEAU chemical treatment set ON the CURLFORMERS or a rod so that the hair has that spiral curl pattern even when wet.
They make a fine/color treated formula for the Wave Nouveau but it is likely the hair would break a lot if you try to do both color and a permanent curl. Maybe you could just use a tint on only some strands for highlights and then do the permanent curl like Wave Nouveau. That way if some breaks it is only some strands
Hope that helps
PS If you straighten the hair with a Japanese Thermal Chemical straightener, you can switch between a permanent curl or a permanent straightening over time because they both change the hair's structure using the same chemical. If you use a regular relaxer in the hair, however you can not though because the chemicals are incompatible
SOME STYLISTS ARE JUST USING REGULAR PERMANENT WAVE KITS FOR CAUCASIAN HAIR ON AFRO HAIR TO PRODUCE AN IN BETWEEN EFFECT.... IT DOES NOT SMOOTH THE HAIR MUCH, IT ALMOSTS STILL LOOKS NATURAL. YOU COULD TRY THIS YOURSELF AT HOME ACTUALLY WITH ANY PERMANENT WAVE KIT FOR CAUCASIAN HAIR FROM YOUR LOCAL BEAUTY SUPPLY AND SOME PURPLE OR LARGER PERM RODS (1/2" wide or wider perm rods) The wider the rod the better. Or you could do this on curlformers Follow the permanent wave instructions in the box. It will NOT be a very defined curl outcome... Your hair will almost still look natural but with a LITTLE looser curl definition. If you do it over again in 3 months it will look better
So again all this "Gina Curl" is is just rolling up natural kinky hair and just using any regular Caucasian perrmanent wave kit on it as if she had straight hair.... It SLIGHTLY loosens the hair a little and gives a LITTLE curl definition. You COULD try that at home yourself with any permanent wave kit from Sally's beauty supply. If your hair is color treated, get a color treated permanent wave formula... It is gentler than a relaxer or texturizer but there still might be some shedding if your hair is color treated. AND IF you have regular relaxer on your ends they will not curl and could break off.
Joico K-Pak Professional H.K.P. Liquid Protein Chemical Perfector can help to equalize porosity and serve as a ppt protein treatment used along with your permanent wave
I have a japanese hair straightener in my hair... I might get 2" wide JUMBO curlformers and a color treated permanentwave kit and try this on my hair at some point
Edited by LadyAradia - May 15 2013 at 5:31pm